<ShepherdHoodwin> MICHAEL: Greetings to you
all. There is much power and fluidity available tonight.
Take a moment to tune in to yourself.
"Self" here includes essence--all of you. Feel how large you really are. Allow
what is not you to fall away. Sense the group bonding vibrationally. There is
stillness emerging. Some of you may wish to allow a direct experience of our
energy as well as through the channel. Notice how quickly energy can be
transformed. Would anyone like to share your experience of this?
<TzM> i suddenly feel totally calm, breathing deeply, plugged in. is this
direct from Michael or thru you?
<Tasha> I feel very calm, very connected.
<neids27> I feel kind of bad but I'm not probably as tuned in as I should be.
But I want to believe that there are really no special conditions I need to
<Elo-Maria> I felt change, like some stronger energy suddenly came through.
<janie> I am calm peaceful but definitely energized.
<Susan_G> For me... I am a little more focused and a little less distracted.
<Jyoti_Shah> My fingers feel tingly too!
<Elisa17> I think I'm not quite getting it.
<Melissa_Cherie> Melissa--feels anxious...
<laughingboi> I'm just trying to be open to the idea.
<janie> Strange things happening here...TV went off, and then computer screen
<ivy> Calm, blissful.
<Ed`> I feel quite still.
<Terri> I feel us all in a room together, surrounded by the Michaels. I feel a
higher energy in my chest.
<Melissa_Cherie> Cherie feels jumpy...
<ShepherdHoodwin> Not everyone has yet
developed the ability to consciously discern energies, but if you have the
intention to do so and remain open, your skills will increase over time. As
you remain open to feeling the higher energies, also allow yourself to feel
deeply connected with nature.
<Jyoti_Shah> How can one develop this kind of ability? How much does
<ShepherdHoodwin> Send your energies
downward as if you were a mighty tree reaching its roots into the earth. Yes,
Jyoti, meditation can be a big help. But mainly, it's about noticing what has
always been there. Tziporah, you are connecting both directly and through the
<ShepherdHoodwin> The group has come
together beautifully. A lot of good work can be accomplished tonight. We will
start with a general question, Dave. We invite you all to treat this session
as a meditation, continuing to allow energetic transformation.
<DaveGregg> Diane, you have the first question tonight...
Q & A
<DianeK> Hi Shepherd
and Michael ;-) I'm curious about "family life" on earth when infant souls
were the only ones here. How were the families structured, and how did they
interact with one another? How did the dynamics change when baby souls began
to incarnate? Did baby souls choose infant soul parents and then seek to
<ShepherdHoodwin> If you start to feel
uncomfortable in any way, remember to connect with nature; that should
stabilize the higher energies.
Infant soul families were, as you might expect, focused on survival. There
were many crises related to childbirth, health in general, and food supplies.
However, you might be surprised at how loving and close-knit these families
often were. Many modern complications had not yet set it. It was rare, for
example, for there to be domestic violence, beyond a swat to a child to teach
it not to do something. Most did not understand paternity, so families were
not "nuclear" in the way that is defined today. Instead, there were small
clusters that joined together as units, typically three adult males and three
adult females, along with all the females' children. If someone wasn't getting
along well in one cluster, s/he might migrate to a nearby one, but generally,
these were stable units. Sexual play was mostly kept within one's cluster, and
same-sex play was not uncommon.
Infant soul societies, especially in
the earlier stages, tend to be peaceful. Cooperation is the norm, because
without it, survival is compromised. There is not a lot of individual
identity. Finding your individual fulfillment would be a foreign concept. If
one cluster had extra food, it freely shared it with others if they needed it.
There wasn't much understanding of food storage, so they would eat more when
they had more and try to gain weight for the lean times.
Moving toward the baby soul level, these clusters started to make alliances
with other clusters. The beginning of the baby soul cycle is marked by the
formation of larger groupings that individuals would identify with.
So, loyalty is no longer primarily to one's cluster but to this larger
grouping, with or without a strong leader. The transition is gradual and slow
enough that both parents and children make it together. However, it does occur
that a 1st level baby soul is born to 7th level infant souls, and the baby
soul child is driven by a desire to organize into larger groupings that the
parents respect but don't necessarily take part in.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Any follow-up questions, Diane?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Would anyone else in
the chat like to follow up on this specific question?
<Elisa17> I was wondering how older people fit into these infant soul
<ShepherdHoodwin> Life spans were
short--about 35, depending on the climate and food sources. People older than
that were generally cherished, because their existence was somewhat
miraculous. Since the focus of the first cycle is survival, being able to
survive a long time was impressive.
Infant soul societies are, as a rule,
pretty happy. As you can imagine, they get a lot of exercise and fresh, clean
air. Food is natural, obviously. There is little room for neuroses of any
kind, since they mitigate against survival.
<TzM> And I wondered about spirituality and whether these communities were
primarily G-ddess centered?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Yes, these cultures
worship the womb and the feminine in general, including the womb of the earth
itself. Their spiritual practices tended to be simple and ritualistic. They
found it natural to express thanks to the forces of nature when there was
abundance or fortuitous circumstances.
Once the souls feel they have a
handle on survival, they seek more interesting challenges. Otherwise, boredom
would set in. It is a natural progression to observe, once things are running
pretty smoothly, "Now, what more can we do with this?" There is a playfulness
to it, just as an infant starts to embrace the challenge of walking once it
has mastered crawling.
<DianeK> So, the idea of infant souls with visible fear in the eyes is more
specific to infant souls incarnate in a predominantly older soul world?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Infant souls quickly
demonstrate raw fear when confronted with the unknown, even within a safe and
stable infant soul community. For example, if a wild animal that seems
threatening comes on the scene and the soul has not had previous experience
<DianeK> Ah ha....the unknown, yes, that makes good sense.
<ShepherdHoodwin> It is true that
there is a great deal for infant souls to fear within the complexity of a
young soul world. It is harder for infant souls to live in a big city ghetto
than in a remote village. However, infant souls today are often exposed to
media that shows them how primitive they are, and this makes them want to
accelerate their growth. Living in a big city, while harder, also can make for
<ShepherdHoodwin> Thank you for bringing up this topic, Diane. We would again
like to point your awareness to the group energy right now. We would say that
it's filling in, becoming richer.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Dave, we can take a personal question now.
<DaveGregg> Elo-Maria, you're next...
<Elo-Maria> I'd like
to know in which previous life I have most affected other people as an
inspired Priest? Causing some considerable changes in their lives and minds
and maybe in bigger society. And where, when and how I did it?
<ShepherdHoodwin> We see a few
lifetimes that qualify, all but one as part of a service-oriented religious
order. We'll highlight one:
You really shone as a Buddhist monk in India a couple centuries ago who
renounced worldly rewards in favor of ministering to the ill. Even now, you
find life easier when you take your focus off yourself and on to how you can
help others, although doing so now seems more complicated than it did back
then, when all it took was holding the hand of a dying person. You would look
into the person's eyes with such love and caring that you brought genuine
relief and comfort to many. People called for you when their children or other
loved ones were sick. You felt that God could heal through you and you were an
open vessel for healing energy.
You were especially good at helping people transition at death, relieving them
of anxieties that might have made their passage more difficult. You helped
people let go. You were much loved and much remembered after you died. You
inspired many other people to follow in your footsteps.
<Elo-Maria> Thank you!
<DaveGregg> Morgan, you're next...
<msky> What (or who)
will it take for the Islamic fundamentalists to stop hating Israel & the
western world and does Michael see a time frame for this to ever happen? And
will the sentencing of Saddam Hussein to death influence the time-line?
<ShepherdHoodwin> We think that the
United States can only make this situation worse by maintaining a strong
presence in the Middle East. It is likely that U.S. leaders will finally
realize this and stop trying to manipulate events there, instead increasing
charitable work. We don't see the sentencing to have much influence here: our
impression is that the fundamentalists have mixed feelings about this.
They don't like Hussein but they don't like the U.S., which was behind the
Peace with Israel becomes more likely when the U.S. shows goodwill by mostly
pulling out of the area and positive help is offered to countries who want
non-military help with their infrastructure, in exchange for peace treaties
with Israel and regional cooperation in general. We think this will take 40-80
years, although much progress could be made quickly if a more enlightened
approach is taken sooner rather than later.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Follow-up, Morgan?
<msky> Possibility of near or far-future US leaders starting the charitable
<ShepherdHoodwin> The probability is
high. The U.S. people are generally charitable, and when a critical mass see
that military might is not the best answer, things could change quickly. The
U.S. has long been perceived by other nations as arrogant, and correcting this
would go a long way towards rebalancing foreign relations.
There will probably continue to be fundamentalists who feel a need to foment
anger at an enemy of some kind, but they can be controlled by their more
moderate peers if a general atmosphere of respect prevails.
<msky> So as we move from Young Soul to Mature we might see this change
<msky> Good news then. Thank you Michael...mid-causal hug.,,,and physical
plane cyber-hug for Shepherd.
<susanSage> Some people feel that aliens have infiltrated the US gov't at the
top; is this true ?
<ShepherdHoodwin> There are some
people in leadership positions who are open to fear-based energies coming from
outside Earth, only because they resonate with their own fears. We do not see
<DaveGregg> TzM, you're next...
<TzM> I feel that I
am on the cusp of a big change and the beginning of a new path, hopefully
integrating my experience in the religious Jewish world over the past 2 years
to move forward into my Life Task and possibly a Mate Agreement. (My 31-month
Neptune square Neptune transit ends in two weeks!) Would Michael tell me what
they and Essence see as most important for me to know about this now? Thanks!
<ShepherdHoodwin> Yes, we do see you
as being on the cusp of a significant opening to Self, a shedding of many
constrictions and "shoulds" and a blossoming of joy and freedom. You will
likely use religious and spiritual teachings in a lighter, more organic way,
and approach life with more spontaneity.
<TzM> Is a mate agreement expected to be a catalyst for moving into the next
<ShepherdHoodwin> No, the reverse:
your blossoming will help draw those with whom you have agreements of various
<TzM> Thank you!
<DaveGregg> Trudy, you're next...
What is my life task?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Your task, Trudy, is
to promote the use of delight as a tool for personal and spiritual growth,
especially by joining forces with others who are doing complementary work.
<DaveGregg> Mer, you're next...
<Mer> I have been
doing more yoga, stretching, chi machine, breathing, not strenuous but
consistent. Two weeks ago, I went to a "sing-along" with Shepherd at Jeanine's
house. I quickly got over my self-consciousness and sang my heart out for
hours with such a wonderful supportive group. I haven't sung since nineteen
ninety two. Two days later I got my period. It followed the exact pattern of
previous periods in my life. This same thing happened two years after I had
stopped when I started doing hula in Hawaii. What is going on? I am 61 years
<ShepherdHoodwin> Your nervous system
partially shut down due to stress so that you did not complete menopause
normally. As new life force moves through your spine, it's like electricity
moving through a machine that has been on the "fritz," causing the lights to
blink on and off again. As you restore regularity to your nervous system, your
menopause will complete normally.
<Mer> Thank you. It makes a lot of sense.
<DaveGregg> Ivy, you're next...
<ivy> I am asking
for my husband David Y. He was born Deaf and has ADHD and was wondering why he
chose these 2 conditions for this lifetime?
<ShepherdHoodwin> David is a soul who
tends to have strongly outwardly active lifetimes. This was a means of forcing
himself to focus inwardly and to find internal mastery.
<ivy> So, no karma or anything related like that to either?
<ShepherdHoodwin> We would call it
self-karma. It is a way to restore internal balance. He is not paying back
someone else by having these conditions.
<ivy> thank you:)
<DaveGregg> Lois, you're next...
<LoriS_> I would
like to know if I have any agreements to physically meet with anyone in my
area who can assist me in my learnings on this path. If so, what can I do to
help bring this meeting about?
<ShepherdHoodwin> M: You do have an
agreement with someone who appears to live about two hours from you. Why don't
you put out a call on the Michael lists for people in the area. We see you
probably traveling a short distance to meet for the first time. We also see
you likely making a local friend whom you will introduce to the teachings and
who will share your enthusiasm.
<LoriS_> Approx. when would I meet this local friend, and male or female?
<ShepherdHoodwin> Female, likely
within 2-6 months at a social event or venue.
<LoriS_> Very cool, thank you!!
<DaveGregg> Laughing_boi, you're next...
<laughingboi> I was
wondering if it were possible to find out my life task as it is related to my
being cleft palate and my work as a CNA working with the elderly and infirm?
<ShepherdHoodwin> SH: Your name? What is CNA?
<laughingboi> Christine...Certified Nursing Assistant
<ShepherdHoodwin> M: Your life task is
transcendence, particularly learning to see the physical as relatively minor
compared to the power of your spirit, and teaching this to others. Your light
<laughingboi> Do I have a tc or someone to do this with?
<ShepherdHoodwin> You are working
closely with two discarnate guides; one is your task companion. These souls
are profoundly with you on your path.
<laughingboi> Oh, thank you.
<DaveGregg> Melissa, you're next...
Hello Melissa Knight here. I have noticed a pattern of being a people pleaser
throughout my life past & present. I wanted to know if Michael would give any
comment/insight as to why I do this even when it's not healthy for me? Thank
<ShepherdHoodwin> One factor is that
you have a goal of acceptance. The negative pole is ingratiation. The positive
is agape. Part of the lesson of this goal is to learn to live in such a way as
to be sensitive to others. Taken too far, this becomes trying too hard to
Another factor is that you feel a void inside that you interpret as being
something missing in you. This causes you to step through life very carefully
because you don't feel your own solid core, your foundation. You need to
validate that you do, in fact, have a strong inner foundation. Does this make
sense to you?
<Melissa_Cherie> Yes...somewhat. Thank you.
<DaveGregg> Janie, you're next...
<janie> In my past
lives, have there been any predominance in the fields of music or
literature/writing as a personal accomplishment, and if so, where/ when would
that have been, and how relevant would it be to my present life?
<ShepherdHoodwin> M: We see one
lifetime as an accomplished violinist in Vienna around 1815-38, a male. You
also have frequently written poetry as a gifted amateur. Your life is much
about living in beauty and grace, and the arts are definitely part of this.
<janie> Thank you...I send love to Michael, and to you, Shepherd.
<ShepherdHoodwin> You're welcome!
<DaveGregg> Cherie, you're next...
Cherie P. here.My mother, Peggy passed in 1987. I would like to know
what was going on between us and did we have unfinished business when she
died. What is she doing now?
<ShepherdHoodwin> M: You and your
mother were playing out a karma about control. You completed it at the moment
of her death. She is mostly studying now and has made good progress since her
<Melissa_Cherie> Is she incarnate now?
<ShepherdHoodwin> No, and currently
has no plans to incarnate.
<Tasha> Hi Sheppherd/Michael:
Tasha is actually Elsa Nohlen and you have my picture, role, overleaves etc.
on file. A very good friend of mine is going through an especially hard time
and I am wondering what is really going on and how can I possibly be of
assistance. Her name is Sherry G. She is into looking after everybody else but
primarily has been of huge help to her husband. This is all going weird.
<ShepherdHoodwin> M: Our sense is that
Sherry is feeling an emptiness in her heart and is losing her sense that her
life is worthwhile. It is not in balance to give without receiving, at least
on an energetic level. She won't allow herself to receive the energies that
would enrich her because she doesn't feel she "should." We would think that
doing fun things with her that allow her to recharge would be helpful.
<Tasha> Oh my, that is exactly why I have been thinking! I am also amazed as a
rather detached scholar type that my friend are always asking me for advice.
Some insight into would be much appreciated too. Anyway, thank you so much. I
feel I am on the right track with Sherry. I am just so worried about her.
<ShepherdHoodwin> Scholars are
frequently seen as an objective source of advice. Your concern about Sherry is
justified--she is having a spiritual crisis. She is stubbornly entrenched
around the idea of not receiving, but it is killing her. When she opens up, we
think that you will be able to help her. Until then, you can be supportive.
<ShepherdHoodwin> We would like to now
focus the group on the collective energy for a few minutes. There is an
expansiveness, a feeling of space, yet connection, like planets in a solar
system. See if you can let go of intellect for a moment in favor of pure
perception. Would anyone like to share your perceptions?
<laughingboi> Feel kinda dizzy.
<cynzim> Objects held in a 3d membrane.
<ivy> Shivers and yawning.
<ladybroker> I am feeling strong energy.
<Jyoti_Shah> Feel something at the third eye chakra.
<ShepherdHoodwin> For dizziness, try connecting with the earth.
<janie> I am perceiving an outpouring of love.
<Elisa17> It feels like strong cloth.
<susantheoboist> I feel gentle....thanks.
<TzM> Deep deep breath again, filling right into my back.
<SylviaD> I feel the energy.
<DianeK> Peaceful, connected.
<Jyoti_Shah> Feels good to learn so much today.
<ShepherdHoodwin> As a group, you individually have developed a magnetism with
the other individuals. Can you sense this?
<Melissa_Cherie> I feel a little less lost.
<susantheoboist> And sometimes I feel heavy when I feel like I'm connected.
<Terri> I see many faces, all peaceful and happy.
<TzM> I see different points around the globe lit up, twinkling.
<ivy> I see singular flames in a large circle when I'm here.
<ShepherdHoodwin> We think that as a
result of tonight's session, you will feel more connected to one another as
you communicate in whatever way. The energy work of tonight will continue to
bear fruit in the coming days. We will conclude our written connection
with you for now. Blessing to you each, and good night.
<janie> Thank you, Shepherd.
<ladybroker> Thank you.
<TzM> Thanks and love!
<ivy> Thank you:)
<Elisa17> Thank you Michael/Shepherd.
<Kathryn41> Thanks you so much Shepherd
<Jyoti_Shah> Good night and thanks from me in India
<laughingboi> thanks Michael and Shepherd
<JohnRoth> Thank you, Shepherd!
<Ed`> Thanks, great energy.
<DaveGregg> Thanks, Shepherd. :-)
<janie> My heartfelt thanks to you Dave.........
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